This is the same Ahmad Shuja Pasha who is accused of complicity in the Mumbai jihad mass-murders. “Pakistan spy chief asks U.S. to end drone strikes: report,” by Kamran Haider and Rebecca Conway for Reuters, May 22 (thanks to Ima):
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s intelligence chief has reportedly asked the United States to stop its drone strikes in the country, a newspaper reported on Sunday, touching on an issue that has become more sensitive since the killing of Osama bin Laden strained ties.
The local Express Tribune said Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director Ahmad Shuja Pasha made the request in a meeting on Saturday with CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell.
“We will be forced to respond if you do not come up with a strategy that stops the drone strikes,” Pasha is reported to have told Morell, the newspaper said on its website.
Pakistan is under intense U.S. pressure to explain how bin Laden lived in a town not far from the capital, by some accounts for more than five years, undetected.
Islamabad condemned the killing of bin Laden as a violation of its sovereignty. The bin Laden case has severely strained already uneasy ties between allies Washington and Islamabad….
“With the drone strikes our stance is very clear – they are much more harmful than they help,” said military spokesman Major General Athar Abbas.
“With the CIA and the ISI it is also very clear – it (the CIA) should be sharing with them (the ISI) what the number of operatives here is, and where they are working, what they are doing, that sort of thing.”
Morell also met operational leaders of the ISI and members of its counter-terrorism division.
“Both sides are reported to have discussed a way forward that would involve the U.S. stopping its drone strikes and expanding joint U.S.-Pakistan operations against militants,” said the newspaper….
ISI officials, meanwhile, demanded access to information U.S. commandos obtained from bin Laden’s compound.
So they can know which other al-Qaeda guys to move to new safe houses.